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With the World Cup in full effect, fans of soccer fans are more encouraged to not just watch the sport but also play. But before you run to the nearest sporting goods store be aware that not all shoes are made equally. Cleats can be worn while playing baseball, football, lacrosse, and soccer. However, each of these sports requires a different type of cleat that is designed for the game surface and the types of movement required of the players.
Cleats have metal projections on the soles to allow traction on the playing field to allow the athlete to perform. If they are fitted properly they provide excellent support and control. However, many athletes develop foot pain from cleats due to ill-fitting shoes. Always make sure you know the sizing of the sport specific shoe prior to purchasing. For example, soccer cleats are sized like regular shoes but may be narrower at the top of the shoe. Leather cleats will stretch more after wear so they should be snug when tried on initially. Do not purchase and attempt to wear cleats that feel too small or cramp any part of the foot.
As mentioned before, cleats allow for better grip to the ground, thus enhancing the athlete’s performance. However, this increased traction also causes a higher chance of getting an ankle sprain. A sprain occurs when the soft tissue structures around the ankle are abnormally stretched. Torn ligaments may also occur from pivoting or having a foot caught while trying to move in another direction quickly. Shoes without padding or cleats that don’t fit properly may also cause plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can cause arch pain and also a burning sensation in the heel. A podiatrist will be able to help decrease this pain with a low profile custom orthotic that can be worn inside of cleats. Tight cleats may also cause blisters on the back of heels due to rubbing on the skin.
So before you start playing, be sure to have your cleats broken in prior to wearing in a competitive environment. If you have any pre-existing foot and ankle conditions, speak to a podiatrist before wearing cleats.
- Get a pre-season health and wellness check-up.
Having a medical evaluation in advance to the start of a season can help identify possible health concerns that have the potential to lead to injury.
- Take it slow.
Ask your child's coach to gradually increase their playing time during practice, and avoid pushing them full throttle. It's important your child's feet and ankles become accustomed to the level of activity required for the sport they are entering. Adequate conditioning can help keep a player free of injury and improve their performance during the season.
- Wear proper, broken-in shoes.
Different sports require different shoe gear. Wearing the appropriate, well-fitting, broken-in athletic shoes designed for a specific sport can eliminate heel and toe discomfort and improve your child's performance.
- Check their technique.
Most parents are their child's biggest cheerleaders. As such, you may be able to notice a difference in your child's form and technique, which often times is a tell-tale sign something may be wrong. Ask your child's coach to notify you if s/he is placing more weight on one side of their body, or if it is something more obvious like a limp.
- Insist on open communication if your child has pain.
Express to your child athlete that they should inform you and their coach of any pain or discomfort as Es and shin splints. The sooner an injury can be detected, the sooner it can be treated.
- If an injury occurs, remember R.I.C.E.
Often times, an injured foot or ankle can be healed with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.). If your child complains of foot or ankle pain, they should take a break from playing and allow time for recovery. If the pain persists, it may be the cause of something more serious. Consult a foot and ankle surgeon for a complete evaluation.